What are you doing tomorrow?
You know where you should be!
Away at Cambridge United is where you should be – a huge game. The last 8 of the FA Trophy. This is our ‘cup final’ after all (according to Cambridge fans). Although from what Barrow and Dartford fans have told us this is our third cup final this season. Phew!
Actually it is our Quarter Final (and theirs too). This means win this and we are in a 2 legged semi final. And look at the other 7 teams still in the competition, ourselves and Northwich Victoria from outside the Conference and after Gateshead from the Blue Square Premier the other 5 clubs are all ‘big’ full time ex football league clubs – Cambridge, Luton Town, Grimsby Town, York City and our friends from last year Newport County. Who said these clubs don’t bother with the Trophy?
Of course we’ve got no chance tomorrow have we. In fact the likelihood is this is one step too far and we will get hammered. Won’t we? Well when the game starts it is 11 v 11 and anything is possible.
Gordon Bartlett rightly says we shouldn’t have got past the last 64 by rights, let alone the last 32 and certainly not the last 16. But we have, and what has made is a great difference is the fantastic support and wonderful atmosphere our fans have created. Barrow at home, Dartford away and then the replay on Tuesday are three occasions that will live long in the memories.
So we need you there tomorrow, getting behind the players and cheering them on. You do make a difference and you know it.
It’s 27 years since we were last in the quarter finals of the FA Trophy. We won the competition that year. I can still remember that day – one of the greatest for all of us there. Of course we can’t win it this year but we will give it a good go and we need as many supporters as possible to help us and who knows perhaps the dream will still be alive when we wake up on Sunday morning.
To help you here are directions to the stadium.
See you there tomorrow. Up the Stones.